A unique Oklahoma made gift: How about bone art?

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WELEETKA, Okla. - Let's just say Brian Magbie isn't the kind of guy who would scream in horror if he found the skeleton of a mouse in his trailer.

"If I need an arm, I grab an arm," he said.

In fact, when he did find one a few years back, the opposite happened.

"It was a complete skeleton, all clean, just wrapped up in his little nest," he said.

He was fascinated.

"As soon as I saw it, it clicked in my head exactly what I needed to do with it," he said. "I sat down and gave him a top hat and a porcupine quill cane."

Something about the small bones woke the artist and storyteller in him.

"By the time I was done with it, I had a million other ideas," Magbie said.

Magbie started imagining worlds for mice and other desiccated skeletons.

"I couldn't wait to find my next skeleton," he said.

They could drive miniature boats.

They could play guitar.

They could be players in a side-show or be brave scouts riding bony fantasy creatures.

Magbie started collecting bones to feed his artistic appetite, and he just kept getting hungrier.

"Yeah, I enjoy all of it," he said.

He hit a few art shows, and the reaction he got for his pieces was encouraging.

The Kasum Gallery in Oklahoma City carried several of his big works including a huge dirigible last year.

Mice are still his 'bread and butter.'

But, Magbie uses lots of bird bones too.

The animal he produces might not end up as a bird or mouse either.

But, they always tell a story.

"I mean, it's really no different than the Natural History Museum. It's the same thing, only a little more quirky, I guess," Magbie said.

He calls his artistic homestead Undeveloped Area Farms.

What bones Magbie doesn't use his wife, Stephanie, turns into jewelry.

When it comes to bigger bones, he has plans for those, as well.

"Last winter, I did a kangaroo," he said.

Entering the world of this Undeveloped Area Farm means nothing stays buried for long.

To learn more about Magbie's art or look at more of his creations, go to www.uafarm.com or Undeveloped Area Farms on Facebook.

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